Over 11 million battery caged hens are imprisoned in cages across Australia.
- Most hens only live up to 18 months before they are slaughtered, and none get to see real sunlight.
- Each hen can live with up to 20 other birds and allocated a living space less than an A4 piece of paper.
- Hens are unable to act out their natural instincts and behaviours including wing flapping, grooming, preening, stretching, foraging and dust bathing.
- Because hens are unable to nest in cages, the distressed birds have been display stress and escape behaviours that can last up to four hours before laying.
- Battery hens have a high risk of experiencing chronic pain from lesions, foot malformation, osteoporosis, and bone fractures.
- Hens imprisoned in battery cages often become frustrated, fearful and aggressive leading to harmful hen pecking and cannibalism. Factory farmers attempt to prevent this behaviour by painfully searing off part of a chick’s beak with an electrically heated blade.
Not only do they engage in horrific acts of animal cruelty, but the caged egg industry has been ripping off Australians who are struggling to make ends meet. Cage eggs ARE NOT the "cheapest form of protein".
- Plant based protein including chickpeas, lentils and sunflower seeds are by far the cheapest, healthiest forms of protein.
- Chickpeas are widely known to be the best, low-cost form of protein on the market: for just $1, chickpeas provide over 100g of healthy plant protein.
- Other plant based proteins including lentils, sunflower seeds, and even peanut butter give you a better bang for your buck than eggs when it comes to protein.
The egg industry must stop profiting off animal abuse and preying on Australians who are doing it tough. No consumer wants to support the lifetime of suffering faced by battery cage hens.